Dean ‘DayZ’ Hall’s new survival game launches on Steam on 4 December


RocketWerkz’s session-based sci-fi survival game Icarus is confirmed to launch on Steam on 4 December (UTC).

Originally scheduled to launch in August, Icarus instead opened a series of Beta Weekends for players who pre-ordered the game. The beta became Steam’s top-selling game during its first beta weekend and has had over 200,000 pre-orders and beta test players. The game has resided among Steam’s Top 10 Most Wishlisted games since August 2021.

“After three months of beta testing and feedback from one of the most engaged gamer communities I’ve ever seen, Icarus is ready for launch,” says gamerunner Dean Hall.

“We believe the key to making a great survival game is listening to community feedback and being able to rapidly iterate. We deliberately built our architecture so we could add new items, missions, biomes, talents and balance changes each beta weekend and that’s something we plan to continue after launch too. Icarus will be a living, evolving game.”

Icarus is a session-based survival game for up to eight co-op players where players drop onto the broken terraformed planet of Icarus. Initially equipped with nothing, players drop to the planet for missions lasting from hours to weeks, before returning to orbit to progress their character and tech for the next drop.

Developer RocketWerkz has also confirmed the recommended specs to experience Icarus’ beautiful but deadly environments.

The recommended PC specs to play Icarus are:

OS: Windows 10 (64-bit versions)
Processor: Intel i7-9700
Memory: 32 GB RAM
Graphics: NVIDIA RTX 3060ti
DirectX: Version 11
Network: Broadband Internet connection
Storage: 70 GB available space

The minimum specs are:

OS: Windows 10 (64-bit versions)
Processor: Intel i5 8400
Memory: 16 GB RAM
Graphics: Nvidia GTX 1060 6GB
DirectX: Version 11
Network: Broadband Internet connection
Storage: 70 GB available space

Built in Unreal Engine 4, Icarus features handcrafted maps, three biomes, online multiplayer, two tech trees, character attribute system, weather events and destructible buildings in a near-future setting. At launch it will be available in English, German, French, Russian, Brazilian Portuguese, Latin American Spanish, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Japanese and Korean.

Icarus is available to pre-order on Steam, with one last Beta Weekend on 20-21 November before its 4 December launch. For more details on what’s new in this Beta Weekend check out